Bitter cold grips North Carolina while more snow is possible in the mountains this weekend


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RALEIGH, North Carolina — Bitter cold produced at least six records for overnight low temperatures across North Carolina, and forecasters say winter will take one more swing at part of the state this weekend.

The National Weather Service reports Raleigh-Durham International Airport recorded a low of 7 degrees on Friday, breaking the mark of 13 degrees set on the date in 1979. The temperature at Piedmont Triad International Airport outside Greensboro dipped to 6 degrees, breaking the record of 14 set in 1934. Fayetteville Regional Airport's reading of 10 degrees beat the record of 12 degrees set in 1958.

In Charlotte, the low reached 7 degrees, eclipsing the record of 13 set for the date in 1896. In Asheville, the low of 4 broke the record of 10 set in 1979. Wilmington fell to a low of 13, beating the record of 19 set in 1896.

"It's incredible cold," National Weather Service meteorologist Doug Outlaw told the Asheville Citizen-Times. "It sounds like something you would find in Duluth, Minnesota."

A winter storm warning is in effect for the northwest mountains. Forecasters expect a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain after midnight Friday and into Saturday night. Up to 4 inches is possible.

A winter weather advisory was posted for the central and southern mountains. The anticipated storm is expected to begin snow before changing to a mixture of sleet and freezing rain.

Also in Charlotte, city officials reported eight water main breaks on Thursday, and each was attributed to the cold weather. The Charlotte Observer reported ( ) that while the eight breaks had been repaired, at least one more break had been reported Friday.

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